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The ClubHouse opened in 1975 to provide social space for African Americans, who regularly faced discriminatory practices at Washington bars and clubs. The after-hours dance club was nationally known for two annual events: a Mother’s Day event and Children’s Hour, which started in 1976. AIDS took a severe toll on membership, and the ClubHouse closed in 1990. Photo: Paul Butler Collection, Rainbow History Project.

Become a volunteer

Rainbow History is an all-volunteer organization, so we depend on committed individuals and their time and talent. RHP’s work benefits from the diversity of our communities and we encourage people from under-represented groups to volunteer.

Programs that regularly need volunteers are listed below. In addition to in-person opportunities, many of our volunteer positions can be done at home, on your schedule. No matter how you choose to volunteer, you will receive training and support.

Contact us to get started. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.


Ongoing volunteer opportunities

Equitable Internship and Practicum Opportunities

We value hands-on learning experiences for students, but recognize the barriers unpaid opportunities can pose. We strive to craft equitable and inclusive internships and practicums that accommodate students’ schedules, allowing a mix of on-site and remote work. Our goal is to cultivate a diverse cohort of future archivists, librarians, and historians dedicated to promoting LGBTQ histories and we encourage applications from all backgrounds, particularly underrepresented groups within the LGBTQ community and allied fields.

As a small non-profit, we cannot provide monetary compensation but do provide a supportive learning environment, mentorship, professional development, and the chance to contribute meaningfully to preserving LGBTQ history. While unpaid, interns and practicum students gain hands-on experience and invaluable exposure to community-driven archival operations in areas like collection management, digitization, oral history, and public history outreach. We will assist you to build practical portfolios and professional networks that you can present on your resumes and job applications.

Anyone interested should review our volunteer projects, consult their university officials, and then email and include:

  • A brief personal statement about your background, trajectory, and interests in our Mission;
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well; and,
  • A letter on university letterhead which details your program requirements and the support provided by your program.

Dream Projects

We have a list of potential projects/research topics that we would love to explore:

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